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SCAMMING IS RIFE! Advice from our Police Engagement Officer and NLC below.    Winter coming, but Shotesham's still beautiful, see photos

Ken Munro is the news editor. Please let him know about village news and events via Contact Us on the main menu or on 07880801674.

Petty Theft – message from a neighbour – ‘I can’t believe I am actually writing this, but someone has taken my mini greenhouse from my back garden! It’s of little value, only about 5 ft tall, a metal frame covered with transparent plastic with zip closure. It had a couple of bricks on the bottom rack to stop it from blowing away in the wind. It’s laughable really! They left the shelves, it’s not much use without them. I just thought people in the village should be aware and lock up your valuables.’

‘….we will remember them’

Courtesy of Sara Webber, Shotesham Memorial 8/11/20

An alternative Hallowe’en 🎃🕷👻 – Well done to everyone who displayed letters and / or took part, and a big well done and thanks to Claudia for organising

Shotesham Parish Council with PCC and SVA – In the light of another lockdown approaching, a reminder that the joint group continues to meet and, with the help of various volunteers, hope to ensure all Shotesham residents have their needs met during these difficult times. A list of services provided is linked below. If anyone finds themselves in need of some assistance, please let one of us know. Contacts are:-

Bob Harris.         550672.   hill.cottage@btinternet.com
Jeff Gough.        550358.   clerk.shotesham@outlook.com
Heather Jackson 550785.   heatherbelljackson@btinternet.com
Ken Munro         550736.   resotan@aol.com

Services available in or around the village.. some suppliers available for anyone not wishing to visit shops, click this link

The DIARY – Click here

As COVID 19 restrictions continue, Norfolk Association of local Councils have provided info on help for people who are self isolating, details here and the latest Government guidance is available here

The Globe – unfortunately, after just 12 days in the hotseat, Richard has had to close the doors again, let’s hope it won’t be too long till we can once again enjoy a Globe refreshment. In the meantime,  afond farewell from David and Ali 😥

David & Ali would like to thank all our patrons for their loyalty, friendship and invaluable custom over the past 15 years. We shall be leaving after our last day of trading on Sunday 18th October, when we hope to have the chance to bid farewell to as many of you as current guidelines safely permit (some sunshine would be very welcome to enable the chance of outside seating!). New landlord, Richard Cooper currently a resident of Saxlingham, will be takIng over and we wish a long and successful tenure.
Thank you all, once again for making our time here so enjoyable and welcoming.’
David, Ali & Ellie.

Before  their departure, David and Ali received a number of thank you messages, including a presentation on behalf of all Shotesham Village Association (SVA) members of champagne, flowers and a painting of The Common by Lesley Munro as a lasting memento of their time in Shotesham.


And talking of painting, Lesley has once again received recognition for her work, having just won The Royal Watercolour Society President’s award in the East Anglian Watercolourists Selected Exhibition 2020. You can visit the Exhibition at this link – https://eastanglianwatercolourists.co.uk/seaw-selected-exhibition/ 

Something we did in lockdown! Following a suggestion by our own Pat Harris, a small group of our residents, ably led and coordinated by Ken Holbeck, decided to create a short story by writing a paragraph each, along with several alternative endings……..Time to go.. click here to continue 

The SVA  have decided that it’s unlikely that any events will be able to take place this year, outdoor or indoor, roll on next year. We are however having some thoughts about what activities may be able to be organised in the run up to the Festive Season, lets us know if you have any ideas!

Walking in Shotesham – No sooner had we got off and walking again, then back into lockdown! See message from Judie… ‘Hello all, 6 brave walkers, 3 black dogs and one brown elderly statesman, ventured forth across the muddy fields, ably led by Tim and Helen – many thanks. We avoided the rain, if not the mud, and amazingly managed not to lose any dogs, despite their desperate attempts. I will upload the photo asap.

Sadly, we will have to suspend the walks for November, due to the latest restrictions. So the next walk will be Thursday 10th December, led by David and Mary – all things being willing, but clearly this may change. No Walkers Christmas dinner either I’m afraid, but who knows, perhaps we can celebrate something in the Spring. It’s a difficult time for everyone, but being outside is good for us all, so keep walking, enjoy the views,  and ignore the mud!’
Best wishes, Judie
Courtesy of Tom H

Shotesham Lockdown II – Remember when the sun was shining? hopefully back next year…. without a Lockdown 🤞🏼. In the meantime, here’s a thought from a regular walker…   ‘Well it does feel a bit like Groundhog Day as we slowly go through lockdown again. The main difference is that the fields are very muddy, rather than cracked and parched, and the days are getting shorter, rather than longer! Meanwhile for those of us who leap/crawl out of bed early for a walk, we have been rewarded by some beautiful misty views, enjoy!

Winter Sunrise…

…beautiful sunsets…

….and a wet Saturday morning……… fancy a duck race?……..take a look here!

Where’s the bridge gone dad?                        Knight in shining wellies (Joy’s Loke)

Cows – all gone indoors for the winter, still plenty of pat-a-cakes and boggy bits though so watch your feet, but still a great walk….when the rain’s off! ☂️

Wildlife Blog
– you may be interested in visiting this blog by Shotesham resident Andy Musgrove….some fascinating creepy crawly things! http://andymuspsl.blogspot.com/ 

Services available in or around the village.. still plenty of suppliers available for anyone not wishing to visit shops, click this link

Other Information –

Even with the world wide crisis, some people are still looking to take advantage of any weaknesses. As always, please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101. 

SCAM AWARE! Due to the increasing occurrence of scams, we’ve decided to feature a log of examples on the site which will feature examples of things to avoid, and hopefully give a general of the types of scams that are out there. If you experience anything suspicious, please send evidence via email (Contact Us above) and we’ll add them to the list. Thanks for your help and, as always, don’t respond to anything you’re not sure of, and you can always look up the Scam Aware website or Google the company name (other search engines are available). REMEMBER, if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a DUCK! Click on the links for some examples – text msg – Email ProviderLetters promising $millions!!
To emphasise the extent of the SCAMMING problem,  click here  for an up to date message from our Community Police Engagement Officer, and advice from NLC on scam avoidance – see it here. Look out, other scams are available!! 

Shotesham Parish Council are looking to restore and re-instate the black and white finger post signs, and the South Norfolk Council, though they will supply the materials, no longer have the ability to make them. As a result we may be looking for sponsorship of individual posts from members of the village to supplement any other money we can apply for. Would you like to consider becoming a sponsor? If so please contact Jeff at clerk.shotesham@outlook.com  

Community information…

New division boundaries across Norfolk, have your say here have your say here consultation ends on 23rd November.

Norfolk Local Councils’ Wellbeing Group have produced an excellent article on Carbon Footprints and some actions which can be taken, click here, and they have also provided a pamphlet of Finance Awareness and Scam avoidance – see it here 

South Norfolk’s latest bulletin containing a lot of good advice can be found at their website here….too big to attach!.

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s ‘Settle in Services’ are looking for dedicated volunteers who wish to give something back to their local community. Volunteers meet patients on their day of discharge from hospital to help settle them back in to their own environment. Click here for more information 

Rural Services NorfolkNovember bulletin

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here.

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local police officer is PC 1151 Sherry Locke who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, contact details for all our local officers – click here.

Local Police info – November Newsletter and a Community Update

News from Norfolk Police Commissioner –October Newsletter 


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